Under the Radar: States Vary in Regulating and Reporting COVID-19 in Assisted Living Facilities   [open html - 0B]

From the Document: "Since the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic first surfaced in the United States, the number of cases and deaths in long-term care (LTC) facilities has been rising. As of June 4, 2020, over 43,000 COVID-19 related resident and staff deaths have been reported in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, which is a conservative estimate because not all states publish these data. Among 41 states reporting COVID-19 LTC data at the state level, long-term care facility residents account for 50% or more of all COVID-19 deaths in 27 states. The increase in deaths among long-term care facility residents and staff has become an urgent concern for federal and state policymakers, the long-term care industry, family members of residents, residents themselves, and the general public. [...] This analysis examines how states are regulating assisted living facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, based on state-issued guidance for assisted living facilities on three key measures identified by CMS [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] pertaining to visitors to facilities, daily staff screening, and universal use of PPE [personal protective equipment] by facility staff, for each of the 50 states and DC. In addition, we tally state-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in assisted living facilities among states reporting such data as of June 8, 2020."

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
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